One Out of Many

A long time ago, I was a mudlark.  After running away from the horrid orphanage, I found myself on the muddy shores of the Thames where I scavenged for things to sell.  Then, one day, I met a childless couple who wanted to adopt many children.  They ended up adopting one--me. 52 Words This was …

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Silenced, For Now

Image from Wall Street Journal Last night, we watched a documentary on Zohra, Afghanistan's first all-women orchestra named after the Persian goddess of music and made up of girls and women between the ages of 13-20, from a Kabul orphanage, was created in 2010 as a symbol of freedom from Taliban rule. I was truly …

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Esther John

Her name was Qamar Zia and she was born into an Islamic family on 14 December 1929, in British India. At the age of 17 she attended a Christian school where one teacher's faith so deeply affected her that she was moved to read the Bible with great earnest. Inspired by the book of Isaiah, …

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Divided

PHOTO PROMPT © Rowena Curtin They’d gone too far this time.  The charity bin was busted.  Angry tears filled her eyes.  What would they do next?  Throw bricks through the windows?  Set fire to the orphanage?  Ban her from their businesses?  They treated her like a pariah because she was Protestant and refused to send …

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The Separation

Father O'Reilly had just returned from his visit to the orphanage when Sister Hughes rushed  over to him.  She looked very distressed. "Oh, Father O'Reilly, thank Heaven's you're back." He looked at her, concerned.  "What is the matter, Sister Hughes?" "It's Zendaya." He stiffened at once.  "What about her?" "She's gone." His face went pale.  …

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Makena’s Story

I'm an only child.  I was 12 years old when my mother died.  My father was devastated.  A Catholic priest told him that I would be better off living in an Italian orphanage where I would have a good Christian education.  The father believed him because he was a priest.  He was a missionary sent …

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Dawn’s Story

I recently found out that my husband of 20 years has been having an affair with one of his students.  I found out when he told me on day that he had been fired from his teaching position at the university where he had taught for 23 years.   The girl, an African exchange student, was …

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Finding Her Own Way /Decisions #writephoto

Ma was dead and gone.  There was no reason for Louisa to stay now.  She stooped down and laid the wildflowers she had picked at the foot of the cross which marked Ma's grave.  Tears ran down her cheeks.  She was going to miss Ma.  After Da died, it was just the two of them, …

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Chantrea’s Crusade

"Thanks for doing this interview, Chantrea. It can’t be easy for you." They were sitting by the lake just steps from the organization where the Cambodian woman worked as a social worker. Chantrea smiled slightly. She had sad eyes and although she was in her late thirties, she looked much older which wasn't surprising, considering …

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The Orphan

“What’s the matter, Honey?” Ralph Forrester asked six year old Janet as she lay there in bed, crying.  He was there to read to read her a bedtime story as usual and was surprised to find her in her present state.  When he sat down on the bed, she sat up and hugged him.  He …

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